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倫敦 「日本協会雑誌」 六之巻 第二篇


ロンドン 日本協会雑誌 六之巻 第二編 表紙

ロンドン 「日本協会雑誌 六之巻 第二篇」 表紙

第67回 日本協会 総会議事録

第67回 「日本協会」 総会議事録

Transactions and proceedings of the Japan Society, London, Vol.6

MAY 13TH, 1903

(Held in the Hall at 20, Hanover Square, London)

Mr. Arthur Diosy, F.R.G.S.(Chairman of Council, J.S.)
, took the Chair at 8:30 P. M., when a Paper, entitled “Some Striking Female Personalities In Japanese History,” was read by Mr. T. Hamaguchi.

In opening the proceedings, the Chairman said that the paper to which the audience were about to listen that evening was somewhat longer than usual, and he would therefore not detain them by saying more than a few words of introduction. The Lecturer was known to many of the Members, and well qualified to address them on the subject he had selected. Mr. Hamaguchi was B.A. of Pembroke College, Cambridge.

Miss De Lorez, M.J.S.
, after thanking the Lecturer for his deeply interesting paper, quoted an Old Chinese proverb, which runs : “If we measure the hearts of others by our own, we shall not find them different,” and said that the stories of strong and gentle, heroic and pitiful Japanese women to which they had just listened, had made at least one daughter of the West wish that the Chinese proverb would prove true of Western women’s hearts where measured by those of their Japanese sisters. She hoped that she was not guilty of an impertinence when she said that the name of the evening’s lecturer interested her so keenly, that she was tempted to ask if he had the honour of being descended from or connected with a certain most unselfish and saintly man whom she had long held in special reverence. He, too, bore the name of Hamaguchi, and of him Lafcadio Hear tells a story which, perhaps, she might be permitted to repeat. This Hamaguchi belonged to a village which lay on the seashore at the front of a hill, on the top of which Hamaguchi’s own home was situated. He was the rich man of the place, and his riches consisted in the corn harvest which had just been garnered. One day a curious action of sea was witnessed.

The waves receding farther and farther away from the shore, leaving a stretch of land which had formerly been covered with water. Roused by the unusual appearance of the coast, the villagers pressed down to the edge of the waves, full of wonder and curiosity at the sight. But Hamaguchi alone knew that the sea was gathering its water together preparatory to hurling the whole mighty volume upon the land in a tidal wave. He was at the top of the hill, alone with his little grandson, and had no way of recalling them to the higher ground. To save them from the fate which he foresaw was in store for them, he sacrificed all his riches by instantly setting fire to his newly gathered corn, knowing that the blaze would attract the villagers to the high land. Seeing the flames, they rushed up the hill, and had barely reached the summit when a tidal wave broke over the land, and when it receded not a vestige of their homes remained.

The Chairman thanked Miss De Lorez for reminding the meeting of this story, and said that the lecturer was the son of the Hamaguchi of whom this story had been told.

Mr. Hamaguchi thanked the Meeting for the Vote of Thanks, which he felt he had not deserved, but that, on the contrary, he had to thank the audience for their kindness. It had been the first opportunity on which he had read a paper in English. He took their expression of appreciation as evidence of friendly feeling toward a fellow-member, and added a tribute to the work of Japan Society in cementing friendship between the two countries.









(白岩昌和 訳)


注釈: F.R.G.S.= Fellow of The Royal Geographical Society
       M.J.S. =  Member of The Japan Society